Sunday, May 25, 2014

Creature Feature #218: Euphonia

The bright and colourful Euphonia are a Genus of Neotropical Finches. There are 27 species,  this fellow is an Elegant Euphonia. He can be found in the moist and humid montane forests of Central America. Large flocks gather to feed on fruit, such as that of mistletoe, which comprises the majority of his diet. Whilst foraging, they constantly trill to one another. Only the male is so vibrantly coloured, whilst females retain the bright turquoise crown, her colouration is a more cryptic green, allowing for better camouflage as she sits on the nest.

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